Madeleine Bailey and Helen Maurene Cooper’s collaborative project Baccara is focused on a discourse around communication, negotiation, and power. Together, Baccara’s practice problematizes the notion of presence through photography, performance, mark making, and sculpture. Madeleine and Helen Maurene also maintain separate artistic and curatorial practices. A multi-disciplinary artist and writer, Madeleine currently builds up layers of paper, photographs and paint to manipulate images into complex abstractions that capture subtle shifts in location and time. Helen Maurene is obsessed with Chicago-style nail art and has embedded herself in the West Side salon, Naughty Nail'z, where she makes photographic portraits and occasionally collaborates with nail techs to produce events. Bailey holds a BA from Brown University in neuroscience, literary art, and visual art, and an MFA in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Cooper received her BA from Bard College in photography and African Diaspora studies and an MFA in photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. http://madeleinebailey.com http://hmcooper.com Learn more about Baccara's solo BOLT exhibition Thirteen Ways.